Throughout the stadium, from the people in the stands to the players, “long live JB” and his shirt number could be seen everywhere.
“He’s just a guy who loves life, his laugh is contagious, he wants to see his teammates do well it’s not just about him,” Cole said.
White is bigger than life, literally.
“Size and length, speed and sport.”
Standing at 6 feet 8, he dominated the field for the Santa Fe Demons boy’s basketball team. And he was set to join the Lobos men’s basketball team just days after he was killed.
His coach Zack Cole says he is one of the nation’s top players.
“Many coaches will say to me, ‘you know you have an NBA player right coach?'” Cole said.
His grandmother, Voss, took him to every game and knew that her grandson was special.
“I knew JB was going to be huge because ever since I brought him in for an internship, people would tell me we were going to read about JB because he’s always been a phenomenon.”
But tragically, he never stepped foot on the court for Lobos.
“He’s playing in heaven now.”
That was in August 2020, when authorities said White attended a party and got into a fight with Estevan Montoya, then 16 years old. Investigators said Montoya pulled a gun and shot White. He was taken to the hospital but did not survive. A senseless death leaves everyone in the community heartbroken.
“Devastating. You just feel empty.”
That’s why on Saturday night the school withdrew his number. to honor and remember him. His family stepped out onto the field to see his preserved jersey.
“I was overwhelmed with all the love. I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done for JB. “
Voss – still reeling from White’s death – said while she was grateful for all of this, wished they could celebrate with White at their side.
“I’m just disappointed that we should be celebrating something different and not his passing.”
Voss said all she wants now is justice for her nephew. Montoya’s trial will begin in May.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/santa-fe-high-school-honors-student-athlete-killed-at-party/6353085/?cat=500 Santa Fe High School honors student-athlete killed at party